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American Biological Safety Association


The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) was founded in 1984 to
promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of
biosafety professionals throughout the world. Its goals are to provide a
professional association that represents the interests and needs of
practitioners of biological safety, and to provide a forum for the continued
and timely exchange of biosafety information.

ABSA accomplishes these goals by publishing and distributing a quarterly
journal, Applied Biosafety and a number of other biosafety publications. ABSA
also conducts an annual Biological Safety Conference to keep members informed
of current biosafety issues and regulatory initiatives. The conference is
preceded by a selection of biosafety courses geared at the beginner and
advanced levels.

ABSA offers a registration (Registered Biosafety Professional) and
certification (Certified Biological Safety Professional) program to recognize
biological safety professionals. Registration is by application and approval
by an examining Board. Certification includes a biological safety exam
developed by ABSA and administered by the National Registry of Certified
Microbiologists [NRCM].

ABSA is committed to its members in four broad areas:

•Developing and maintaining professional standards for the field of
biological safety

•Advancing biological safety as a scientific discipline through education
and research

•Providing members sustained opportunities for biosafety communication,
education and participation in the development of biological safety
standards, guidelines and regulations

•Expanding biosafety awareness and promoting the development of work
practices, equipment and facilities to reduce the potential for occupational
illness and adverse environmental impact from infectious agents or
biologically-derived materials




ABSA is dedicated to promoting and expanding biological safety expertise.




* Leading the profession
* Collaboration and community
* Promote biosafety as a scientific discipline
* Absolute integrity
* High standards of excellence